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IRS Monitoring of Tax Disclosures

It is not often that I get to (or even want to) write about the tax disclosures contained in the notes to financial statements. However, this recent CFO article highlighted a recent study by professors at Ohio State...more

SEC Sanctions 8 Auditors in “Broken Gate” Enforcement Sweep

The SEC this week issued cease-and-desist orders against eight auditors, fining them $140,000 collectively, for violating auditor independence rules by preparing the very broker-dealer financials they were to audit....more

Legal Alert: SEC and PCAOB Address Independence Requirements in Audits Related to Broker-Dealers’ Financial Statements

Confirming that auditor independence continues to be a regulatory priority, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) issued orders on December 8,...more

SEC and PCAOB Collar 15 For Independence Violations in Audits of Broker-Dealers

The SEC and PCAOB collectively charged 15 audit firms for violating independence requirements in connection with audits of broker dealers. Under SEC independence rules, which apply to audits of broker-dealers whether or not...more

New Accounting Standards Could Profoundly Impact Incentives Transparency

Executive Summary - The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has issued an exposure draft of a proposed statement (the “Statement”). The Statement, for the first time, would set uniform minimum disclosure...more

SEC Will No Longer Require an Acquired Entity to Use “Pushdown” Accounting upon a Change in Control

On November 18, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance and the Office of the Chief Accountant (the Staff) rescinded Topic 5.J. of the Staff Accounting Bulletin Series. Topic 5.J. required an SEC registrant that became...more

The Northern District of Indiana Holds That Loss Reserve Information Qualifies as Protected Work Product.

In G&S Metal Consultants, Inc. v. Cont’l Cas. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 151431 (N.D. Ind. Oct. 24, 2014), the district court held that loss reserves generated in anticipated of litigation were protected under the work...more

SEC Issues Guidance to BDCs Regarding Consolidated Financials

On October 31, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission, through the Chief Accountant's Office of its Investment Management Division, issued a Guidance Update regarding whether wholly owned subsidiaries should be...more

Purchase Price Allocations Under ASC 805: A Guide to Allocating Purchase Price for Business Combinations

When your company is on the buy-side of an acquisition, you are burdened with the responsibility of reporting all items related to the transaction on your financial statements. Large companies under high levels of scrutiny...more

Providing Audited Financial Statements Late Leads to Charges of Custody Rule Violations

The SEC announced charges against an investment advisory firm and three of its top officials for violating the “custody rule” that requires firms to follow certain procedures when they control or have access to client money...more

Bridging the Week - October 2014 #4

Senior Fed Officials Encourage Financial Industry Firms to Improve Compliance Culture - Enhancing culture was the theme at a workshop on “Reforming Culture and Behavior in the Financial Services Industry” held at the...more

Following FASB: Leases, Revenue Recognition Proposals On the Horizon

There are two proposals making their way through FASB that will have far-reaching implications for most financial statements—including those of private companies. Even though neither of these proposals has been finalized,...more

Proposed FINRA Rule 2231 Governing Customer Account Statements

Through its recent Regulatory Notice 14- 35, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) announced and sought comments on its proposed new Rule, FINRA Rule 2231, governing the frequency and availability of customer...more

Desktop Staleness Calendar for 2015 Offerings

Desktop Staleness Calendar For 2015 Offerings For Issuers With A Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2014. Please see full calendar below for more information....more

Commissioner’s Dissent May Signal Harsher Sanctions Against Accountants

Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar provided the most recent illustration of the SEC’s renewed emphasis on enforcement actions involving accounting and financial statement fraud when, on August 28, 2014, he issued a rare written...more

FASB Revises Going Concern Evaluations and Disclosure

Generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, presumes continuation of a reporting entity as a going concern as the basis for preparing financial statements unless and until the entity’s liquidation becomes imminent....more

Occupational Fraud Costs Global Businesses an Estimated $3.7 Trillion

Organizations lose approximately five percent of their revenue each year to internal theft and fraud, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners' (ACFE) recent Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and...more

What’s in a Name? Changes to Article 9 of the California Uniform Commercial Code

As you are probably aware, the latest revisions to Article 9 of the California Commercial Code became effective on July 1, 2014. Rather than providing an exhaustive list of all of the revisions to Article 9 of the California...more

Mortgage Servicers Face Consumer Lawsuits Under CFPB “Periodic Statement” Final Rule

The CFPB’s final rule amending Regulation Z, which implements the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) as amended by Dodd-Frank, became effective January 10. Among other things, the new rule requires mortgage servicers to provide...more

EY Sanctioned For Acting As An Advocate For Audit Clients

Auditor independence is critical. The opinion issued by the audit firm regarding the financial statements of an audit client represents in part that the firm is independent. That judgment is based on an assessment of all the...more

Ravenswood Investment Co., L.P. v. Winmill & Co., C.A. No. 7048-VCN (Del. Ch. May 30, 2014) (Noble, V.C.)

In this decision in a proceeding pursuant to 8 Del. C. § 220, the Court of Chancery held that a corporation cannot condition a stockholder’s access to its nonpublic financial statements on the stockholder’s agreement not to...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Securities Claim Alleging Accounting Fraud

If you thought it was difficult to make a federal securities fraud claim stick in the Fourth Circuit, the court has now raised the bar even higher. The Fourth Circuit recently affirmed a trial court’s dismissal of securities...more

Separate Financial Statements and the SEC’s Disclosure Effectiveness Project

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Director Keith Higgins recently suggested that the SEC will review the rules requiring separate financial statements or separate financial information under certain circumstances for...more

ASU 2013-06: Reporting of Services Rendered from Personnel of an Affiliate

My two young sons who live, eat, and breathe baseball often say the best baseball teams have two distinguishing characteristics — consistency and chemistry. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) believes the best...more

Finding Value: The Roles of Accountants in Franchising

Lawyers typically view the accountant’s role in franchising to be mainly auditing the franchisor’s financial statements and consenting to their use in the FDD. But accountants can play other valuable roles, from developing...more

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